Halloween is just around the corner, and you can be sure the little ghouls and goblins will be out and about sometime between the hours of 5:00pm and 10:00pm on Halloween night. Be sure to take extra precaution when driving through residential areas this night, and when possible, turn on your high beams to ensure the children are aware of your vehicle approaching. When getting your own children ready for the big night, ensure that they know the rules of the road. Many children’s costumes now have reflective strips along the arms and legs, but if your child’s costume does not, reflectors can be easily attached to clothing, shoes and bags. Flashlights are also a good idea when heading out at night.
Cold weather increases the chances of encountering deer, or other large animals on the road. As a driver, you must always watch for animal warning signs, and scan the sides or the roads for movement and shadows. If you do hit a deer or other large animal, call the police immediately, and remain in your vehicle. Never leave your vehicle and touch the animal-it may still be alive, and could attack without warning.
As the days are getting shorter, it is important to be aware of your surroundings at all times. As motor vehicle drivers, we are always told to share the road with cyclists. It can be very difficult to spot someone on a bicycle at night until you are often right behind them. High beams should be used whenever possible, and the sides of the road should be checked for movement and shadows (as with looking for animal danger).
Cyclists are encouraged to wear reflective clothing, and to stay within drivers’ visibility.
This can be any loose objects on the street such as tree branches, tires, bags, boxes, and objects that have fallen off another vehicle. Tree brances are very commonly found in roadways after wind storms, or heavy snow falls. Ensure your headlights are working correctly, and that they are positioned to better your visibility at night. Tires in the middle of the road are especially difficuly to see when it is dark. Drivers must pay full attention to the road before them.
If you are driving behind a vehicle that is carrying loose objects, or heavy loads, keep a safe distance. Ensure that you have enough room to stop your vehicle, or maneuver around any objects or debris that can fall and come toward you.